Bike Wise announces supreme winner of NZ’s Favourite Place to Cycle

02 March 2015

This summer, Bike Wise asked Kiwis to nominate and vote for their favourite places to cycle from around New Zealand. After receiving thousands of votes, New Zealand has spoken! The winner of the esteemed title of ‘NZ’s Favourite Place to Cycle’ is The Redwoods in Rotorua.

The Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest) also took out the category win for NZ’s favourite ‘off-road/adventure ride’ this year.  Areas from around NZ competed against each other in four categories with the winners decided by popular vote. A total of 6,823 votes were cast across 20 places competing for the top spot.

The  2015 category winners are: 

  • Nga Haerenga - NZ Cycle Trail: Otago Rail Trail 
  • Off-Road or Adventure Ride and overall winner: The Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest), Rotorua
  • Urban Trail or Commute: Taupo lake front trails
  • On-Road Ride: Taupo and surrounds

Dougal List, National Cycling Manager for the NZ Transport Agency, the organisation which funds and coordinates Bike Wise, says the competition is about Kiwi’s identifying, sharing and celebrating their favourite places to cycle. 

“The many thousands of votes and nominations received demonstrate just how many Kiwis love to cycle and the myriad of well-loved places where we can ride our bikes.

The Redwoods in Rotorua

“The Redwoods in Rotorua has taken out NZ’s Favourite Place to Cycle two years running, so it shows what a popular destination this is for people who cycle,” says Mr List. 

People who placed nominations and votes were automatically entered into a draw to win an Avanti Montari mountain bike and helmet sponsored by Avantiplus.

NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle competition was first launched in February 2014 to celebrate Bike Wise Month, which takes place in February each year and involves a festival of fun cycling events.

For more background information about NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle visit:

Category rankings

  NZ Cycle Trail - Nga Haerenga Off-road or adventure ride Urban trail or commute On-road ride
1 Otago Rail Trail The Redwoods, Rotorua Taupo lake front trails Taupo and Surrounds
2 Great Lake Trail, Taupo Wanaka lake and river tracks New Plymouth Coastal Walkway Wellington Bays
3 Hawke's Bay Trails Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park, Karori Nelson urban trails Port Hills, Christchurch
4 Hauraki Rail Trail Taupo trails - includes Huka Falls and Aratiatia Napier Queen Charlotte Drive, Marlborough
5 Tasman's Great Taste Trail Craters Mountain Bike Park, Taupo Hastings Auckland City Bays
  Overall ranking across four categories 
1 The Redwoods, Rotorua
2 Taupo lake front trails
3 Otago Rail Trail
4 Great Lake Trail, Taupo
5 Taupo and surrounds
6 Wellington Bays
7 New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
8 Nelson urban trails
9 Hawke's Bay Trails
10 Wanaka lake and river tracks
11 Port Hills, Christchurch
12 Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park, Karori
13 Hauraki Rail Trail
14 Taupo Trails - includes Huka Falls and Aratiatia
15 Queen Charlotte Drive, Marlborough
16 Napier
17 Tasman's Great Taste Trail
18 Craters Mountain Bike Park, Taupo
19 Auckland City Bays
20 Hastings